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White Bean and Cheese Baked Orzo
with roasted broccoli

Active: 25 min Total: 45 min
Baked orzo is a fun (and easy) pasta dish because it all comes together in one pan. No need to drain the pasta - its natural starches create a thick, rich, tomato sauce as the pasta cooks. This meal was last featured in 2019, but we increased the amount of stock and the recommended cooking time in response to community members' feedback.


Oven Roasted Broccoli:
  • Broccoli - 12 oz , florets
  • Garlic - 2 cloves , chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
White Bean and Cheese Baked Orzo:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves , chopped
  • Beans, white or cannellini (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can , drained and rinsed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Tomato paste - 3 Tbsp
  • Thyme leaves - 2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 2 tsp
  • Pasta, uncooked orzo - 1 1/2 cups
  • Tomatoes, diced and preferably fire-roasted (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
  • Stock, any type - 1 1/2 cups
  • Cheese, shredded mozzarella - 4 oz


  1. Broccoli / Garlic (for pasta and broccoli) - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating first.) Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C degrees.
  2. Toss broccoli and garlic with oil (portions for broccoli) and season with some salt and pepper. Spread out on a sheet pan.
  3. Roast broccoli until tender and starting to brown in spots, shaking the pan halfway through cooking, ~25 minutes.
  4. While broccoli roasts, heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil (portion for pasta) and then tomato paste, garlic (portion for pasta), thyme leaves, and dried oregano. Saute for 1 minute.
  5. Add pasta, beans, tomatoes (including liquid), and stock. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Top pasta with cheese and cover with a lid. Transfer to oven. Bake, covered, until pasta is tender, 18 to 20 minutes.
  7. When broccoli is finished, squeeze lemon juice over top.
  8. Serve pasta with broccoli on the side. (If you have some parsley leftover from earlier in the week, you can sprinkle some on top of the pasta.) Enjoy!



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